U.S. Coast Guard releases final non-tank vessel response planning regulations

On September 30, the U.S. Coast Guard released the final regulations [Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 189] requiring non-tank vessels to have plans in place similar to those required of tank vessels since the late 1990s. The new regulations also include salvage and marine firefighting, again similar to the tank vessel requirements. The CIRA Advisory Panel recommended promulgation of the regulations as a risk reduction option for Cook Inlet that was ready for immediate or ongoing implementation [Risk Reduction Options for Immediate or Sustained Implementation].